Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Search for weapons as police target off-roaders



POLICE have been targeting off-road bikes and scouring public spaces for stashed weapons in Halton to mark the first ever AntiSocial Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week.

Organised by neighbourh­ood safety training group Resolve, activities took place across the county including increased patrols, resident surveys, school visits and football tournament­s.

In Widnes, three knife sweeps took place and Cheshire Constabula­ry reported that although no blades were found, the initiative generated positive engagement with other agencies.

In Runcorn, patrols took place targeting nuisance off-road motorbikes in addition to KnifeSaver training alongside the NHS.

Chief Inspector Gary Smith, force lead for the event, said: “This week has been a huge success and I am grateful to all of our local policing units who have worked tirelessly to crackdown on ASB.

“It has also been important to educate our communitie­s on what is ASB and reaching out to those who may be victim of this crime and signpostin­g where they can get the best possible support.

“ASB can include things such as graffiti, littering and off-road motorcycle­s within the community and this activity creates an environmen­t where more serious crime can take place.

“This type of behaviour might not seem serious to some people, but it can cause misery to local neighbourh­oods and I hope this week has shown if we all work together we can have a positive impact and drive down the levels of ASB.”

Ch Insp Gary Smith also urged anyone who believes they have been a victim of ASB to contact Cheshire police on 101 or report it online at

John Dwyer, Cheshire’s police and crime commission­er, said: “Anti-social behaviour can be a blight on our communitie­s, and I commend the work done by the constabula­ry, not just during the awareness week, but in general to combat the issues.

“ASB can have a detrimenta­l impact on those it affects, and it was beneficial for me to see firsthand how our communitie­s were fighting back and providing diversiona­ry activities for young people to channel their energies into, and deter them away from behaving in an anti-social way.

“Cheshire Constabula­ry will continue to tackle ASB hotspots in the county, but they can only do this with our local communitie­s contacting them and telling them where the issues are.”

 ??  ?? ● Officers conducting a knife sweep in Bower Street area of Widnes
● Officers conducting a knife sweep in Bower Street area of Widnes

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